YOU could count on one hand how many Liverpool-born players have represented Liverpool Football Club with notable success in the past few decades. For every Steve McManaman there has been a Richie Partridge and for every Steven Gerrard you get a Jay Spearing. Liverpool FC prides itself on its support; the Reds’ fans are renowned worldwide for one of the best set of supporters you could come across but just how important is local talent to the fans of Liverpool FC?
Despite the alarming lack of local talent in recent times at Liverpool, there has consistently been at least one Scouser to idolise in the first-team. For the past ten years Liverpool fans have had the pleasure of watching Steven Gerrard, born in the Huyton area of Liverpool, grace the field(s) of Anfield Road with his breath-taking talent and immeasurable leadership while, at the same time, Bootle-born Jamie Carragher has etched his name into Liverpool folklore with his inspiring passion and invaluable defensive work. Before Gerrard and Carra shot to prominence, Reds fans were able to enjoy Toxteth-born Robbie Fowler and his natural goalscoring ability at a similar time to Steve McManaman, born in Kirkdale, the long-haired silky winger who gave Liverpool fans more than a few memories over the years.
For me, local talent is encouraging and exciting but not imperative. There is no doubt that the majority of fans that sit in Anfield week in week out would rather see a 17 year old play for Liverpool that hails from Bootle rather than Barcelona but if a young foreigner comes along and tears apart the Premier League you would not hear one Scouser complain.
With the likes of Martin Kelly, Conor Coady and Adam Morgan currently on the books of Liverpool there is potential for Liverpool-born players to continue to leave their mark on Liverpool’s team and with Liverpool being a city packed with talented youngsters in all walks of life, why shouldn’t Liverpool have a Scouse core for years to come?
Liverpool fans want success and will be looking to new manager Brendan Rodgers to provide this, long term, for the club. Rodgers won’t prioritise youngsters based on where they are from but will do well to recognise talent that comes from within the city as well as from abroad or further afield in the UK.
Do you think local talent is essential? Or would you be happy to see youngsters from abroad who are perhaps better footballers get more of a chance over born and bred Scousers? Give us your thoughts.
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